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Peg got polio, so she went to the hospital Peg was contagious, so she couldn't go to school Peg got better, so she went home with her family. The main character is a girl named Peg Schulze. She is optimistic, selfish, brave, determined, and compassionate. She is compassionate because she left behinded a radio for Tommy. Intro: Peg Schulze is a girl who faces a problem, 3 different types of polio. With her friends and family beside her, Peg accomplishes what is needs to be done and learns some things on the way. Opinion: I would recomend Small Steps to other students because it helps people learn about life as we know it.

Breana Stringer As a reader, I like to read realistic fiction. I like this genre because the events may not have happened themselves, but they can in real life.

1) Polio is an infection caused by a virus that affects the whole body including muscles and nerves. 2)There are three types of polio: non-paralytic, spinal paralytic and bulbar—these first two being the most severe. Spinal paralytic polio can lead to leg paralysis. Bulbar polio could result in a victim’s spending the rest of his life in an iron lung. 3)One in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis (usually in the legs). Among those paralyzed, 5% to 10% die when their breathing muscles become immobilized. 4)Polio can strike a person of any age, but children 5 and under comprise 50% of its victims.

"Small Steps" By Peg Kehret.

5)In 2008, only four countries in the world remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988. The remaining countries are Afghanistan, India, Nigeria and Pakistan. 6)Her controversial treatment—hot packs and exercise of affected limbs—was first adopted in the U.S. in 1940. 7)Sister Kenny's treatment helped many different people. 8)Sister Kenny created hotpacks. 9)Polio is very contagious. 10)Sister Kenny had an adopted daughter named Mary

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Information Extention: Peg Kehret has always loved to write. As a child, she wanted to be either a writer or a veterinarian; now she includes animals in most of her books. She grew up in Austin, Minnesota, and had a happy and normal childhood except for a bout with polio which paralyzed her from the neck down and hospitalized her for nine months. However, she made nearly a complete recovery. She graduated from Austin High School and attended the University of Minnesota for one year. She married Carl Kehret in 1955, and moved to California two years later. They adopted two children, Bob and Anne. As a young mother, Peg completed one more year of college. In 1970, Peg and Carl moved to Washington State where she still lives. Before Peg began writing books for children, she wrote radio commercials, plays, and magazine stories. She also published two nonfiction adult books. Her first book for kids (Winning Monologs for Young Actors) was published in 1985. Since then she has published many popular books for young people. Peg Kehret has won dozens of state Young Reader awards as well as the PEN Center Award in Children's Literature, the Golden Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and the Henry Bergh Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA.) For many years Peg and Carl traveled around the U.S. in their motorhome with their pets on board so that she could speak at schools, libraries, and children’s literature conferences. Carl died in 2004. They were married for forty-eight happy years. Peg’s children are grown and married, and she has four grandchildren – Brett, Chelsea, Eric, and Mark – all of whom live in Washington State. Peg is a long-time volunteer for animal welfare causes, working with the Humane Society and Pasado’s Safe Haven. She has a dog, Lucy, and two cats, Molly and Mr. Stray. All are rescued animals. Peg’s home is a log house on a ten acre wildlife sanctuary near Mount Rainier National Park. She often sees deer and elk from her window. When she isn’t writing, Peg likes to read, watch baseball and gymnastics, play with her animals, and invite her grandkids to visit. PEG KEHRET Important dates Born: Nov. 11, 1936, in LaCrosse, WI Diagnosed with polio: 1948 Graduated from high school: 1954 Married Carl Kehret: July 2, 1955 Son born: 1959 Daughter born: 1961 First book published: 1979 First book for children published: 1985 First Children’s Book Award: 1986 Births of grandchildren: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 Death of Carl: April 28, 2004



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